Letter to the Editor
Supersonic propeller spindown of neutron stars in wind-fed mass-exchange close binaries
Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Auf dem Hügel 69, 53121 Bonn, Germany Central Astronomical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences at Pulkovo, Pulkovo 65–1, 196140 Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 26 November 2001
The supersonic propeller spindown of a neutron star moving in a strong stellar wind of its massive companion is discussed. I show that the supersonic propeller model presented by Davies & Pringle ([CITE]) is self-consistent if the strength of the stellar wind of the normal companion is . Under these conditions the model can be used for the interpretation of the long-period pulsars in Be/X-ray transients. The spin history of the neutron star in the long period Be/X-ray transient A0535+26 is considered.
Key words: accretion / propeller spindown / stars: close binaries / stars: neutron star / stars: Be/X-ray transients
© ESO, 2002